The confrontations between police and demonstrators at the Stonewall Inn in New York City the weekend of June 27-29, 1969 mark the beginning of the modern glbtq movement for equal rights.
Formed soon after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the short-lived but influential Gay Liberation Front brought a new militancy to the movement that became known as gay liberation.
The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
"Leather" is a blanket term for a large array of sexual preferences, identities, relationship structures, and social organizations loosely tied together by the thread of what is conventionally understood as sadomasochistic sex.
Although best known for her crusade for women's suffrage, Susan B. Anthony spoke out on a range of feminist issues.
With reports from hundreds of sub-Saharan African locales of male-male sexual relations and from about fifty of female-female sexual relations, it is clear that same-sex sexual relations existed in traditional African societies, though varying in forms and in the degree of public acceptance
Androgyny, a psychological blending of gender traits, has long been embraced by strong women, soft men, members of queer communities, and others who do not easily fit into traditionally defined gender categories.
A cultural crossroads between Asia and Europe, Russia has a long, rich, and often violent heritage of varied influences and stark confrontations in regard to its patterns of same-sex love.
Shattered windows at the museum.
Shortly before 5:00 a.m. on October 29, 2012, vandals struck San Francisco's GLBT History Museum, shattering two large plate glass windows. Located in the Castro District, the museum is devoted to displaying and interpreting the history of glbtq people.
None of the historical objects on display at the museum were damaged and no theft occurred. "It's clear that this was vandalism," said Paul Boneberg, executive director of the GLBT Historical Society, the organization that runs the museum. "We don't know who smashed the windows this or why they did it."
According to Boneberg, "When the alarm sounded at 4:50 this morning, the security firm immediately summoned the San Francisco Police Department and notified our staff, who were on the scene very quickly. In short order, the broken glass was removed and the windows were boarded over."
The GLBT History Museum closed for clean up on October 29, but planned to reopen Tuesday for its normal hours, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The total cost of the damage is not yet known, but will be minimally a few thousand dollars, Boneberg said. Donations to assist with the repairs and to support the museum can be made online here.
The GLBT History Museum is a project of the GLBT Historical Society, a research center and archives founded in 1985 that houses one of the worlds largest collections of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender historical materials. Currently featured at the museum are two major exhibitions: "Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco's GLBT History" and "For Love and Community: Asian Pacific Islander Queers Take Action, 1960s-1990s," plus a special temporary display, "Play Fair! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Make Sex Safer."
The depfox YouTube video below features a tour of the GLBT History Museum soon after it opened in 2011.